Poetry Ireland Review 132, edited by Colette Bryce, features memorable new work from Denise Riley, Kayo Chingonyi, Luke Morgan, Katie Donovan, Nick Laird, and Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, among many other excellent poets.
Books reviewed include Seán Hewitt's Tongues of Fire, Caitríona Ní Chléirchín's The Talk of The Town, Bhanu Kapil's How To Wash a Heart, and The Historians, the incomparable Eavan Boland's valedictory collection.
Trumpet 9, with a theme of 'Fear and Release', is guest-edited by Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan, who tells us in her editorial: “My intention is that the voices in this issue will be diverse and gently anarchic, brimming with an energy that embraces the darkness while baring its teeth”.
Poem of the week
after the Middle English
The blame gamer, the ill-shamer,
the brave-killer, the grave-filler,
the buck-passer, the eye-glasser,
the sight-saver, the night raver,
the faith-shaker, the rule-breaker,
the duff ruler, the bluff fooler,
the world-beater, the word-eater,
the first aider, the worst-paider,
the spit-sailor, the inhaler,
the high fever, the deep griever,
the dry cougher, the hat-doffer,
the cold creeper, the old-reaper,
the youth-wrecker, the truth checker,